Canada > Ontario > St. Thomas
YeomanJustin (3) , | May 23, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
It looks like what you would expect from a smaller brewery, had a nice tour around the place with an extremely nice younger guy. The retail store is nice and small, have a pint glass and a small taster glass which is pretty cool and havent seen that at any other microbrewery I’ve been to. The only problem I had with the service was that an older gentlemen made things kind of awkward because he was complaining that the really nice younger guy had opened some bottles for a tasting and they would go bad because the place was just about to close. He got pretty nice after how much I bought.
cratez (206) Toronto, Ontario | December 18, 2010| Updated November 7, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Railway City Brewing is the only microbrewery in the London Metropolitan Area, which includes the City of London, Ilderton, St. Thomas, and Port Stanley. As such, you can often find their brews on tap at beer-friendly restaurants in these communities.
I most recently came here when Mr. Manning and I were picking up some bottles of their seasonal Orchard Harvest Ale. The outside facade looks pretty cool, like a cross between a retro automotive shop and dingy gas station, and there’s about ten parking spots available.
Inside you can find all sorts of RCB shwag, including t-shirts, hats, and branded pint glasses. A sizeable beer fridge holds bottles and growlers of the brewery’s four core brands (DEA, Blonde, Amber, Copper) and their rotating seasonal. The retail store is very clean and professional looking; the brew house not so much.
On our visit one of the owners, Al, was kind enough to give us a tour. Although he’s a reasonably friendly guy, he doesn’t seem too passionate about the beers and he was quite vague when describing the brewing process to Len and I. But it was nice to learn how they hand bottle their brews. Al showed us the premium malts and hop pellets used for each beer and we also saw the two brand new fermentation vessels.
In terms of the beers, I enjoy bottled versions of the DEA and Blonde every once in a while, and recent seasonals like the Orchard Harvest and Honey Brown Ale have been fairly solid. However, RCB has yet to work out some of its quality control issues, as certain draughts that I’ve had in the last few months have been buttery, sugary, or just plain off. So the brewery has a long way to go before it can be considered a major player on the Ontario craft beer scene.
Sammy (550) Toronto, Ontario | August 21, 2008
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
A cute tour of a three-month old brewery. Sales were strong, each day looking gone by supper. Samples at a little bar. Locals bringing in food for beer. Plastic one-use bottles. If you are for some reason in this town.
MrManning (60) Hamilton, Ontario | April 25, 2008| Updated October 7, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
A new brewery in the small town of St. Thomas. Railwaycity brewing is housed in a small building on curtis street, attached to a make your own wine shop. The wall is whimsically painted like the head of a beer, and there is lots of beer oriented memorabilia all about. They are brand new, and just getting going, so there are only three beers available at this point, but my selection review will surely increase as they get things moving. They are service oriented, and offered me a tour without hesitation. Worth a stop if you are in the areas of Middlex/Elgin counties.
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